How to effectively attempt writing task one IELTS General module.

How to effectively attempt writing task one IELTS General module.

Letter writing 

Following are some steps you need to work on.

Preparer effectively

Plan effectively

Adopt required style

Use right tone

Correct organization and format

Types of letter 

Letters dealing with complaints(usually formal)

Letters written to newspaper/TV editors for a common cause(usually both  formal and semi-formal).In some cases it could be personal ,too)

Letters written to friends( personal and usually semi=formal)

Letters dealing with requests(both formal and semi-formal)

Letters dealing with seeking information(usually formal)

Letters dealing with seeking feedback and suggestions(usually formal)

Letters dealing with applying for job/leave application(usually formal)

Caution: The test taker will be marked with a low band score if they fail to include all bullet points.

The test taker has to write minimum 150 words.

Note that the test taker pays the penalty in the form of low band score for under-length write-up. Therefore, it is ideal to write more than 150 words in any case.

How to prepare effectively:

I.Read the question prompt carefully. While you read the question ask yourself the following questions.

What information do I have to include?

What style (formal, informal, or semi-formal) and tone (informative or complaining) do I have to adopt?

II. Contemplate and take down the ideas separately.

You have to brainstorm and make notes of idea as much as possible. You should write these notes on separate paper or on question paper instead of answer sheet, so then you know that the examiner doesn’t read them as part of answer.

 Letter structure

Formal letter

Dear Sir /Madam,

Say why you are writing to them. (I am writing with regard to…) 

Paragraph 2- bullet one and necessary details 

Paragraph 3- Bullet point 2 and necessary details 

Paragraph 4- Bullet point 3 and necessary details.

I look forward to hearing from you.( when you anticipate response from the  recipient)

Yours faithfully,

[Your Full Name]

Semi-Formal letter

Dear Mr./Ms---,

Say why you are writing to them. (I am writing with regards to…) 

Paragraph 2- bullet one and necessary details 

Paragraph 3- Bullet point 2 and necessary details 

Paragraph 4- Bullet point 3 and necessary details.

I look forward to hearing from you.( when you anticipate response from the  recipient)

Yours sincerely ,

[Your Full Name]

Informal letter

Dear James--,

I hope this letter finds you well/ Say why you are writing to them. (I am writing with regards to…) 

Paragraph 2- bullet one and necessary details 

Paragraph 3- Bullet point 2 and necessary details 

Paragraph 4- Bullet point 3 and necessary details.

I look forward to hearing from you.( when you anticipate response from the  recipient)

Best wishes,

[Your Full Name]

Useful expressions to initiate the letter

I am writing this letter with regard to…(Formal)

I am writing to bring to your attention…(formal)

I am writing to inform you that…(formal)

I am writing to express my dissatisfaction/Satisfaction/Annoyance with,(formal)

I am writing  this letter to request you that.(formal)

I trust you must be doing well.(informal)

I hope you are doing well (informal).

I hope you are well.( informal)

By this letter, I express my sheer disappointment on…( formal)

I am writing to express my frustration/displeasure on/ at /with..(formal)

Requests and suggestions

I would be grateful if you would…

I would like you to…

I am entitled to request that you….

I was wondering if it would be at all possible to….

I would like to suggest that….

Closing statements 

I look forward to hearing from you.

I look forward to receiving your response.

I await your prompt service.

I thank you for your consideration.

Please respond at the earliest convenience.

I await a favorable response.

I look forward to the problem being resolved.

Please let me know if you further require any information

I hope you will address the concerns as soon as possible.